Legendary Oakland Raiders wide receiver and Dallas-native Tim Brown thinks a lot of the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, but Bryant’s ultra-aggressive approach to the game--which often leads to him fighting defenders for a little extra yardage at the end of plays--makes Brown a little nervous.
Brown explained why Bryant scares him at times in an interview with the Fitzsimmons and Durrett Show on 103.3-FM ESPN Radio on Thursday.
“This guy scares me so much. I’m just talking about the way he plays the position,” Brown said, via the Dallas Morning News. “(It) is like a kamikaze. He is so physical and so out of control at times. The problem with that is that when you’re dealing with a guy who is 6-3, 6-4 who has a pretty large frame, it’s almost impossible to protect this guy if he is not going to protect himself.”
Bryant missed five games due to injury in his first two seasons in the league. In his third, 2012, he played in all 16 but he wasn’t exactly tip-top through the year--Bryant spent the homestretch of the season playing through a fractured finger.
“You have to figure out, ‘How can I play this game for 16 weeks or 20 weeks or whatever, and be healthy week in and week out,’” Brown said. “Is it possible? Absolutely it’s possible. But I have to be smart about when I fight for yards. When it’s one guy fight. When it’s two guys maybe not. When it’s three guys, man get your butt down.
“They have to talk to him about preserving himself for the full season, man, because they need this kid on the field all the time. But he takes himself out of the game by doing some of the things he does. He’s trying to do good. That’s the bad thing. I mean, that’s the hard thing about this is it’s not like he’s doing dumb plays. He’s trying to make something happen but sometimes you just have to be a little smarter about how you go about that because you can certainly put yourself in a position that you end up hurting the team instead of helping.”
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